Amid Explosion of Anti-Semitic Attacks, De Blasio Says NYC Is the 'Safest' Large City in the US


Mayor Bill de Blasio called New York the “safest big city in America” in the midst of a recent increase in anti-Semitic and violent attacks on Jewish people living in and around the city.

According to The New York Times, there have been at least eight anti-Semitic incidents in and around New York since Dec. 13. On Saturday night, five Jewish people were stabbed at a rabbi’s house in Monsey, New York.

The day after the attack, the mayor announced the creation of new multi-ethnic interfaith Neighborhood Safety Coalitions and increased the police presence to try to combat the increase in attacks.

“Fearing the next act of terror will not become the new normal for our Jewish neighbors,” de Blasio said in a media release. “In New York City, diversity is our strength and we respect the traditions of all who call New York City home. Intolerance will never take hold here.”

De Blasio made his claim that New York is the “safest big city” in response to criticism from former Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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“Possibly the worst Mayor in NYC, de Blasio, has watched anti-semitism rapidly metastasize, like a cancer, & is too unconcerned or lazy to ‘nip it in the bud,’” Giuliani tweeted on Monday.

“It’s striking how out of touch Rudy Giuliani is at this point. He doesn’t even understand what’s happening in New York City,” de Blasio told NBC News’ Geoff Bennett in response.

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“The NYPD very, very consistently deals with quality of life crimes, hate crimes, the smaller things like graffiti for sure.”

He added, “The bottom line is we take all of that seriously. Look, this is the safest big city in America and I am very proud of what the NYPD has done.”

The mayor also defended his policies and contrasted them with Giuliani’s.

“And the fact is it’s because there is that deep presence all over our communities and the theory of neighborhood policing — something Rudy Giuliani never attempted, which is to actually get our officers to have a close and communicative and respectful relationship with our communities — now we are getting a lot more help from communities in finding out who’s doing these things and in preventing these kinds of acts.”

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De Blasio continued his criticism of Giuliani on Twitter.

Although New York reported its lowest rate of homicides in 70 years in 2018, the homicide rate increased by 28 percent during September and October this year. The NYPD announced earlier in December that murders citywide were also up 8.7 percent in 2019, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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